Many readers will know of (if not remember) the Judgement of Paris – the 1976 blind tasting where California wines famously beat French wines, giving birth to nothing short of a wine industrial complex here in California. Little did the wine world know that a far more shocking revelation was to come, a mere…36 years later. Whew – math! I still got it.
On June 8, 2012, nine international wine experts got together for The Judgement of Princeton. That’s right, friends, New Jersey. Modeled after the original Paris tasting, there were ten whites and ten reds. Six of each were from New Jersey.
The experts tasted. The economists tallied. And at least one French judge supposedly wanted her score cards back when she found out the results:
The Winner? New Jersey
To be fair, it wasn’t a total victory. Three of the four best performing whites were from New Jersey, but the top one was still from France, and a New Jersey red placed third. You can see the full list here. Also, to be fair, statistically, none of these scores were actually relevant. BUT STILL.
But what we’re really dying to know over here at Cheap Wine Girls – how much do these motherf*ers cost?
The top scoring Jersey Wines:
Unionville Pheasant Hill Single Vineyard 2010 — unknown, the 2007 Chardonnay was $15.95
Heritage Chardonnay — $25
Silver Decoy “Black Feather” – $13.99
Heritage Estate Reserve BDX – $70
And the top performing French Wines:
Beaune Clos des Mouches Joseph Drouhin — $83.95
Château Mouton-Rothschild — $650
Château Haut-Brion — $650
Château Montrose — $80
So, while the New Jersey winners didn’t come in under our strict $10 price point, they’re still what anyone (even us) might consider a steal. Even the $70 red wine is a bargain against its $650 competitors.
We have some special occasions coming up, so we might just have to splurge and give one of these New Jersey winners a shot. We’ll keep you posted.